Waka Flocka Flame's "Triple F Life" earns the rapper his second Top 10. Meanwhile, Kid Ink sold as records independently as many fellow Freshmen are at the majors, and Stevie Stone is back in black.
Three new Hip Hop projects debuted on the charts this week. Waka Flocka Flame's second studio album maintained his Top 10 debut status. Meanwhile, Strange Music's latest convert, Stevie Stone scored a Top 100 debut after two years of touring with Tech N9ne and a previous tenure on Ruthless Records. Lastly, Los Angeles, California DXnext emcee Kid Ink released his independent debut digitally, and earned himself a highly-respectable Top 20 debut.
Waka Flocka Flame's Triple F Life Starts With Fans
Less than two years since his debut album Flockaveli released, scoring a #6 debut, Brick Squad's Waka Flocka Flame returned with Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family. This is Waka's third Warner Bros. Records release, following last year's Ferrari Boyz project with early mentor Gucci Mane, and it's his second Top 10 album. Backed by the eventually-Drake-featuring single from 2011, "Round Of Applause," the album features Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj and the late Brick Squad member Slim Dunkin. The project sold approximately 33,000 first-week units.
Stevie Stone Sees The Industry Is Ruthless, As Well As Strange
One of the year's bigger comebacks has been Columbia, Missouri's Stevie Stone. In 2009, Stone released sophomore album The New Kid Comin on Ruthless Records, the onetime power-house home to N.W.A., Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Above The Law. The label run by Eazy E's widow Tomica Wright-Woods and Stone failed to reach the Top 200, despite some assistance from several artists, including Tech N9ne. Three years later, Stone is signed to Tech's label, and went as far as releasing his third album as "Tech N9ne Presents..." The results appear to have given Stone his first Top 200 appearance, at #73. Rollin' Stone features Yelawolf, Kutt Calhoun and former Ruthless label-mate Hopsin. The album sold over 6,000 first-week units.
Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/17/2012
#10. Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family - 33,000 (33,000)
#20. Kid Ink - Up & Away - 20,000 (20,000)
#29. Big K.R.I.T. - Live From The Underground - 12,000 (53,000)
#31. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - 12,000 (534,000)
#51. Drake - Take Care - 8,900 (1,779,000)
#56. Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate - 8,200 (44,000)
#66. B.o.B. - Strange Clouds - 7,300 (156,000)
#73. Tech N9ne Presents... Stevie Stone - Rollin' Stone - 6,600 (6,600)
#96. Tyga - Careless World: Rise Of The Last King - 5,000 (249,000)
#156. Travis Porter - From Day 1 - 3,100 (23,000)
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.